The Family Grace Gets Reviewed

grace_cvrLongtime reader Jose Rivera posted a review on of The Family Grace: An Extraordinary History. He gave it four stars and labeled it “A Wonderful Primer!” Here is what he had to say in total:

“I’ve been reading Barry Reese’s work for almost ten years. In that time I’ve seen the Grace sisters (Charity and Samantha) and heard about the adventures of other members of their family, but I never got to read them…until now.

The Family Grace is an omnibus of stories dealing with the Grace family and the world of shadows. Sometimes it features a Grace while others and sometimes its tangentially linked to the world of shadows. But you know what’s incredible? It all fits so well! You can read the first couple of stories and have all the context you need for what’s to come later in the book.

There’s a few genres here: we have fantasy, adventure, new pulp and slight horror. If at some point you were ever interested in dipping your toe into the world of Reese’s characters I would HIGHLY recommend this as it is an excellent primer for what you can expect in other works like Lazarus Gray, The Peregrine, Gravedigger, the Dark Gentleman, etc.

Give it a try! You won’t be sorry!”

Thanks, Jose! This was a strange book to assemble as it took many previously published tales from all over the place (several of which were out of print by this point) and put them into a single anthology. If there was ever a second edition of this, we’d have to go back and include a Gravedigger story since she’s a prominent member of the Grace clan that was created after this one was published!

Thanks again!

Emily Grace

barry-reese-1Folks know that the Grace family have formed part of the heroic backbone of the Reese Unlimited Universe – we’ve seen Samantha Grace as part of Assistance Unlimited; Charity Grace has fought crime as Gravedigger; Eobard Grace has adventured on both Earth and The World of Shadows. There are others that have popped here and there, as well… and when I decided to tell a story set in the Sixties with Assistance Unlimited, I knew there would have to be at least one Grace on center stage. That turned out to be the daughter of the villainous Nemesis and our beloved Samantha.

The task of designing Emily fell to Chris Batista, a talented artist who not only delivered the covers to The Adventures of Lazarus Gray Volume Five and Götterdämmerung  but he’s also done work on JLA, The Flashand Booster Gold. I’ve known Chris for awhile and trusted him to take my notes and come up with something special. And, boy, did he ever!

Broken Empire – Assistance Unlimited: The Silver Age is available now!

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The Perils of Being Prolific

lg4_frontispiece_smallSo I’m approaching the ten thousand word mark on the 12th volume of Lazarus Gray… and you guys have only seen the first seven books! I’ve heard some griping from a segment of my readers and I sympathize but Pro Se is a big publishing outfit and they have a lot more than just my books to schedule. I do think that you’ll see something new from Reese Unlimited soon, maybe this very month, but it won’t be Laz Gray Volume 8 — it should be Assistance Unlimited: The Silver Age, which takes some of our characters and updates them to 1964 for a spy-flavored adventure. Lazarus is a part of that book but he’s not the star.

For me as a writer, the weird thing is knowing all the things that happen in volumes 8-12 that nobody knows yet! In the timeline, for instance, you guys are back in 1939 while the book I’m currently writing is set in 1943! A lot happens in those four years.

Anyway, I ask you to be patient – not only will you see the Silver Age book very soon but hopefully you’ll see both Volume 8 *and* the Lazarus/Nightveil/Gravedigger book in the next few months. Fingers crossed!

Our art today is courtesy of George Sellas and features Lazarus Gray and Samantha Grace.

It’s the end of June… already?!

We’re headed into the second half of the year, believe it or not. I’m over 27,000 words into the eleventh volume of Lazarus Gray and before the end of the year you will hopefully see the eighth volume published, along with at least one or two other things.

On other fronts, I’m about to begin reading Zot! by Scott McCloud. I’ve always wanted to read this and I’ve finally gotten trades that collect the entire series. I’ll let you know what I think of it.

I’ve been talking with my  longtime collaborator George Sellas about a new addition to the Grace family that has populated my pulp adventure universe – if you’ve read much of my work, you’re familiar with Eobard Grace, Samantha Grace and Charity Grace (Gravedigger), among others… this new addition would be set in the modern day. I’ll keep you updated on new developments.


Monday Morning Musings

emma-watson-in-w-magazine-july-2013-02Welcome back to Ye Olde Blog! I have a number of things to share with you this morning so let’s get underway, shall we?

I’ve been splitting my reading time between Inferno by Dan Brown and Intimidation Inc. by Walter Gibson. Two very different writers but I’m enjoying both works. I took a week off from doing The Shadow Fan Podcast last week so I hope to get a new episode up in a day or two.

I now have a tumblr account, which you can access at barryreesepulp. So far, I’m not really sure what I’m going to be doing with it. I have my blog here and a Facebook page and a Twitter account so it’s not like I have a shortage of places to share my opinions. Nevertheless, I now have a tumblr, which so far I’m using to share pictures of my own work and other things that I just really like. We’ll see if it sticks around.

I hope to finish the Lazarus Gray story I’m writing in a day or two, which will let me then go back to finishing off this weird west tale I own Mechanoid Press.

Got my copies of The Avenger: Roaring Heart of the Crucible and it’s a gorgeous book. An amazing honor to write this hero a second time. I grew up loving The Avenger and he’s still right up there with The Shadow as my favorite pulp hero… now, if I could only get my grubby little mitts on The Shadow, I could die a happy man, pulp-wise.

So, I did two blog postings last week dedicated to DC’s obscure hero Pariah. A few folks responded positively but from the hits to my site on those days, i think it’s safe to understand why DC hasn’t given this guy his own solo series yet. But I do like the character and enjoy the opportunity to focus on some of my obscure loves on Wednesdays. I could keep up this Characters I Love column for another ten years and never scratch the bottom of the barrel. The Saturday Matinee thing is started to become a chore, though, as I’m running out of easy ideas for it. Any suggestions for it would be appreciated.

Our image today is the lovely Emma Watson, who has been doing some very glamorous modeling sessions as of late. She looks like she’d fit right into one of my pulp adventure novels, doesn’t she? In fact, she looks more than a little like Samantha Grace of Assistance Unlimited!